Many residents have been in touch with me concerned about private parking operators locally who are charging unfair and extortionate fines. Lots of people told me about the unfair fines they’ve received from private company ES Parking Enforcement, operating on the old Aldi car park on Seymour Grove, Old Trafford. I wrote to ES Parking several times to raise concerns but didn’t receive a substantive reply.

I recently met International Parking Community (IPC), the umbrella body of which ES Parking are members. I complained about not being able to get a response from ES, and that I couldn’t even find a full address for them. IPC offered to provide me with a link that I can use to pass on complaints, and I’m currently collating all the complaints about ES Parking I’ve had from residents (including through Facebook) so that I can refer them on to IPC.

Several months ago, I spoke in parliament about introducing tougher regulation for private parking providers, and I’m pleased that the Parking Act, which calls on the Secretary of State to introduce a Parking Code of Practice for managing private car parks, has finally just been given Royal Assent. Although the Act won’t apply retrospectively, it’s a step forward that motorists will be protected in the future from unscrupulous private companies.

Following the introduction of the Act, I’m now keen to hear from residents about what they’d like to see in the new Parking Code of Practice. Please contact me with any suggestions on and please pass this on to anyone who you feel may be interested.

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